Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president, urged Nigerian youths on Saturday not to leave the country to “those who are destroying it.”
In contrast to the well-known cliche that “young people are the leaders of tomorrow,” he urged them to take charge of their future, insisting that “today is their day.”
Olusegun Obasanjo spoke during an event titled “OBJ @85 Free Keke Programme” in Abeokuta, Ogun State, where 85 tricycles (keke) were presented to beneficiaries in honour of the former president’s 85th birthday.
Through the Youth Development Centre of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), tricycles were distributed to 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Abuja.
Obasanjo stated in his remarks that despite the numerous obstacles facing Nigeria, there are “opportunities” and urged the younger generation to take use of them.
In addition, he urged people to roll up their sleeves and make the essential efforts to tackling the country’s difficulties.
He stated, “If the youth leave things to individuals who are causing chaos and claiming to be tomorrow’s leaders, they will never have a tomorrow.”
The chairperson of the centre, Dr. Bisi Kolapo, urged the youth to follow Obasanjo’s zeal and dedication in order to construct the “Nigeria of our dreams.”
Kolapo also cautioned them against corruption and avarice, stating that it would be difficult to combat the threat if they participated in it.